I'm happy to say that I don't have this problem, but I've known quite a few people who suffer from asthma. I can't imagine what it feels like to suddenly not be able to breathe, but I'm sure it's a frightening experience. There is, however, some good news on the medical front for asthma sufferers.

It seems that researchers from Cardiff University have made a big step in coming up with help for folks that suffer from asthma and that is that they have identified the basic cause for the affliction. That discovery has lead doctors to a medication that is expected to be used as a new asthma treatment.

These drugs are called Calcilytics and their original purpose was to treat osteoporosis. Researchers say the drug is well tolerated and safe even though it  was not particularly successful in treating osteoporosis.

About 300 million people suffer from asthma and this is quite a breakthrough for all of them. The drug already has the approval of the FDA and it's been approved for human consumption. Since the approval is already in place for the drug, it's a massive hurdle that is already cleared making widespread use of the drug for asthma on the near horizon.

Human trials are expected to take place in about two years and it could mean an end to this potentially deadly problem. Great news for asthma sufferers. We'll keep you psoted on this one.

Right now the big hurdle is, of course, financing for all the trials and tests that will follow this breakthrough.

You can read more about this in the Examiner. Not the American trash rag, but the British paper.

The team’s next step is to secure funding and start the testing of this drug to present the evidence of its effect on asthma. Human trials of this drug are expected to happen within two years. “If the research proves successful we may be just a few years away from a new treatment for asthma,” according to Dr. Samantha Walker, Director of Research and Policy at Asthma UK, who helped fund the original research.

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